Congratulations to Bryan Sanchez for receiving the Citrine Research NextGen Fellowship! The NextGen Fellowship is a ten-week summer program for undergraduate physical science, materials science, computer science, mathematics, and engineering students interested in learning cutting-edge data science and data management skills. This fully-funded fellowship is an excellent opportunity to engage with top academic research scientists as well as…Details
I’m very excited to announce that all my undergraduate research assistants were accepted into REU programs this 2018 summer. Gabriel Vega and Omar Jimenez are joining the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) REU Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Hansel Montalvo will be working with Dr. Michael Janik at Penn State University.…Details
It is my pleasure to announce that Pablo Díaz-Hyland was awarded the 2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP). Pablo’s contributions to our group are impressive. I’m very happy to see him following his dreams now as a graduate student. This award is given to students who have the potential to be successful…Details
Maricely Ramirez is a recent graduate from the UPRM Chemical Engineering department. She was part of the first Soft Matter class in 2015 and her proposed project, Burnflex, has been in development since 2016. Burnflex aims to be a “first aid in a bottle” by combining different polymers and other materials to have a “foam-gel”…Details
Pablo Díaz-Hyland presented his research at the 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Colloidal, Macromolecular and Polyelectrolyte Solutions. Pablo also attended seminars on soft materials and networked with professionals in this field. This conference focused on how soft and hard matter work together to generate many intriguing properties for the design of new materials. Dr. Ubaldo M.…Details
Wilfredo Mendez graduated UPRM last May from Chemical Engineering and Industrial Biotechnology. Just this last August, he began studying at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been taking several courses in Chemical Engineering before diving into his particular project. Mendez’s work will primarily focus on understanding the thermodynamic and transport phenomena that are carried…Details
Pablo Diaz-Hyland presented his research on swimming of colloidal particles near curved surfaces at the Engineering Science Symposium of the 2017 SHPE National Conference, where he was awarded second place in oral presentations. He also received an award from the 2017 STEM Honors Program, which recognizes high academic achievements among student members of SHPE and…Details
Congratulations to Pablo Diaz who has been accepted again for the Puerto Rico NASA Space Grant Fellowship for 2017-2018. This will allow Pablo to continue doing state-of-the-art research with relevance to NASA. Pablo will work this semester in reaction-enhanced diffusivity using nonlinear microrheology techniques. Pablo has demonstrated to have the potential to continue contributing to…Details
Up and coming Chemical Engineering undergraduate student Gabriel I. Vega was recently accepted into the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) program at UPRM. MARC is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Science (NIGMS) and is designed to identify undergraduate honor students with the potential of pursuing a Ph.D. degree on biomedical related…Details
Undergraduate research assistant Deyaneira Torres (Department of Chemical Engineering) was selected to participate this summer in the Interdisciplinary Materials Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program hosted by the Physics Department and the Center for Nanoscale Science at Penn State University. Deyaneira will be studying solid electrolytes under the supervision of Dr. Long-Qing Chen by using computational methods. Their…Details
Learn more about Janus drops by reading the following papers! We have studied the hydrodynamics and rheology of Janus drops under constant flows, shear flows, and gravity. S. Shklyaev, A. Ivantsov, M. Diaz, and U. M. Córdova-Figueroa, “Dynamics of a Janus drop in an external flow”, Physics of Fluids, 25, 082105 (2013) online pdf…Details
Undergraduate research student Hansel Montalvo selected for REU internship at the University of Delaware and MARC program
During summer 2017, the University of Delaware offers Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Undergraduate research student Hansel Montalvo-Castro was selected after a competitive application process to be part of the CHEMICAL ENGINEERING AND MATERIALS SCIENCE RESEARCH IN INTERFACING SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND MATERIALS PROGRAM. Going through 10-weeks stay on…Details
Undergraduate student and researcher in our group Luis Nieves-Rosado was awarded with the prestigious 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. This important honor represents a clear testament of his potential as successful researcher and a celebration of his hard work for the last few years. Luis Nieves-Rosado is currently working on a publication about catalytic motors driven by…Details
Xerox is committed to the academic success of all minority students, that’s why they offer a Technical Minority Scholarship that awards between $1,000 and $10,000 to qualified minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above. Gabriel I. Vega Bellido of the UCF Research Group and from the Department of Chemical…Details
A great conference! Congratulations to Anna Balazs for organization and to the speakers!
P.D. Can you spot Prof. George Whitesides in the picture?
Ronal A. De La Cruz Araujo has been accepted to attend to FOCUS FELLOWS 2017 program to be held at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). All travel costs are covered by Georgia Tech. In this program Ronal will have the opportunity to interact with other graduate students and post-docs interested in pursuing an academic career. See…Details
Congratulations to undergraduate research assistant Pablo Diaz, who has been accepted to an internship at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He will work at Marshall Space Flight Center, located in Huntsville, Alabama, during Spring 2017. This internship will allow Pablo to engage in scientific research and development to advance NASA’s missions. He will…Details
Postdoctoral Research Position in Theoretical Soft Condensed Matter, Fluid Mechanics, and Statistical Physics
A postdoctoral position is available at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM) in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin – Madison (UWM) to work in the areas of theoretical soft condensed matter, statistical physics, and fluid mechanics. The postdoctoral fellow will join a NSF-sponsored project exploring modeling of active colloidal particles in complex…Details
An ongoing collaboration with Dr. Carlos Martinez (Purdue) has resulted in a publication in Green Materials. Dr. Córdova-Figueroa is co-author.
Title: CNC Hydrogel Particles Generated from Single and Double Emulsion Drops
Copy of Presentation – October 25, 2016
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PhD candidate Ronal De La Cruz-Araujo and undergraduate researcher Luis Nieves presented their research findings at the Forward Research and Innovation Summit organized by the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust. The event was held at the Sheraton Convention Center on September 17, 2016. “The most important message I take from some of the…Details
PhD. candidate Ronal A. De La Cruz Araujo is doing his doctoral’s degree in Chemical Engineering with specialty in colloidal physics in which he study the assembly and the rheological behavior of colloidal suspensions. Ronal has been the opportunity of participate of a summer internship in the Physical and Life Sciences directorate at the Lawrence…Details
Our first group retreat was help last Sunday, September 4, 2016. All the group members met to accomplish a series of tasks, take workshops, and socialize. The retreat was organized as follows: Agenda 8:30 AM – 8:45 AM Group icebreaker 8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Welcoming remarks and agenda discussion 9:00 – 10:00 AM Workshops Productivity…Details
Congratulations to Gabriel Vega-Bellido for being accepted on the 2016-2017 Undergraduate Research Program of Puerto Rico Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (PR-LSAMP). The program starts formally on August 2016.
Lugar: Museo de Vida Silvestre de San Juan (Ave. Kennedy)
Día: Sábado, 28 de mayo de 2016
Hora: 10:30 am
Chemical engineer and professor at UPRM, Dr. Ubaldo Córdova is working on a project that would help create nanobots to solve some health problems. The goal is to create autonomous nanomachines able to detect and eliminate medical problems. See more here.
Congratulations to undergraduate students Pablo G. Díaz, Gabriel I. Vega and Luis A. Nieves for being admitted to REU programs for 2016 summer. They will work in areas related to active particles, nano-scale physics and chemistry. Gabriel I. Vega- REU Louisiana State University (LSU) Pablo G. Díaz – REU at Carnegie Mellon University (advisor:…Details
Our Soft Matter paper is highlighted on the front cover of the issue!
Group member Ronal A. De La Cruz (Ph.D. student in ChEng) was accepted to a summer program at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). This Center is located in the beautiful town of Livermore, California and is planning to hold its Computational Chemistry & Materials Science (CCMS) Summer Institute from June 6 – August 12, 2016.…Details
The XXI Sigma Xi Poster day was held on April 19, 2016. In this activity, undergraduate students from different departments of the UPRM had the opportunity to expose their research works. Carlos E. Pérez-De Jesús, researcher in our group, had the opportunity to present his work on polymer dynamics in active Brownian particle suspensions.
In the last decade, there has been a rapid development in the field of catalytically driven propulsion of colloidal particles and other devices that operate by converting chemical energy into translational motion in a viscous medium via a surface chemical reaction. It is becoming an area of important implications in a wide range of problems. These…Details
A postdoctoral position is available at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM) in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin – Madison (UWM) to work in modeling and simulation of autonomous nano- and micro-motors/devices and complex fluids. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to develop a simulation code to analyze the motion of active particles…Details
Copy of presentation given today to new UPRM students. Best wishes!
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A postdoctoral position is available at the NSF funded Institute for Functional Nanomaterials (http://ifn.upr.edu) at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM) to work in the areas of theoretical soft condensed matter, statistical physics, and fluid mechanics. The postdoc will join a new, dynamic group exploring modeling of colloidal devices and complex fluids. This…Details
My name is Angel González and I am a student of mechanical engineering at UPRM. At this time I am just 9 credits from my degree and graduate school seems like will be the next step in my career. This is why I decided to apply to the Reconfigurable & Multifunctional Soft Materials REU, to…Details
A postdoctoral position is available at the Institute for Functional Nanomaterials at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) to work in the areas of biofluids, autonomous nano- and micro-motors/devices, and the design of smart and reconfigurable soft bionanomaterials. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to develop…Details
Liquid Crystallinity in Soft Matter at and Beyond Equilibrium Gordon Research Conference
June 21-26, 2015
University of New England, Biddeford, ME
Chair: Nicholas Abbott
Vice Chairs: Linda Hirst & Torsten Hegmann
Congratulations to PhD candidate Ronal De La Cruz Araujo for obtaining the Institute for Functional Nanomaterials (IFN) Summer Graduate Internship 2015
Our bodies may never stop surprising us with their complexity and perfect mechanics. In its complexity, there are biological functions which occur out of equilibrium, converting chemical to mechanical energy. Due to the importance of DNA it is imperative to study the biological functions that occur in this macromolecule which involves proteins. This is because…Details
Postdoctoral Research Position in Theoretical Soft Condensed Matter, Fluid Mechanics, and Statistical Physics
A postdoctoral position is available at the NSF funded Institute for Functional Nanomaterials (http://ifn.upr.edu) at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM) to work in the areas of theoretical soft condensed matter, statistical physics, and fluid mechanics. The postdoc will join a new, dynamic group exploring modeling of colloidal devices. This group is lead…Details
Colloidal particles (usually in the range of one nanometer to a couple of micrometers in size) with anisotropic properties at their surface are a contemporary subject of active research owing to their potential uses in the design of ‘smart’ materials, self-assembled and self-propelled devices, to mention a few. An attractive method for the fabrication of…Details
Luis Y. Rivera-Rivera, a Mechanical Engineering graduate student and researcher in our group, has been admitted to the Chemical Engineering PhD program of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. In addition to full financial support, Luis has also been selected to receive the prestigiousRackham Merit Fellowship Award. The University of Michigan provides this highly competitive award…Details
Congratulations to undergraduate students Pablo Díaz, Wilfredo Méndez, Gabriel Vega, Luis Nieves, and Carlos Pérez for being admitted to REU programs for 2015 summer. They will work in areas related to blood flow in microcirculation, active particles, nano-scale physics and chemistry, biomedical engineering, and multiphase flow and heat transfer processes. Pablo Díaz – SURE…Details
One may think at first glance, that the diffusivity is a phenomenon limited to the molecular scale. However, diffusivity is also present at the granular level. You may ask, how can granular particles diffuse if there are no stochastic fluctuations at this stage? And even more when one is dealing with granular media at high…Details
Great news for the School of Engineering and the UPRM community! We have been selected to participate in Pathways to Innovation program organized by NSF-funded Epicenter directed by Stanford University and Venturewell. I will be acting as team leader (PI) from the side of Engineering and my colleague Dr. Moraima De Hoyos will co-lead from…Details
A postdoctoral position is available at the NSF funded Institute for Functional Nanomaterials (http://ifn.upr.edu) at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM) to work in the areas of theoretical active soft condensed matter, statistical physics, and fluid mechanics. The postdoc will join a new, dynamic group exploring modeling of active particles, such as catalytic…Details
Luis Nieves, a chemical engineering undergraduate student and researcher in our group, has been awarded the 2014-2015 PR-LSAMP scholarship. This program will expose Luis to activities that will help him develop a successful career in research. Congratulations Luis!
A postdoctoral position is available at the Institute for Functional Nanomaterials (http://ifn.upr.edu) at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM) to work in the area of active matter and colloidal hydrodynamics. The postdoctoral scholar will study, at a fundamental level, self-propulsion of colloidal particles. The postdoc will join a new, dynamic group exploring modeling…Details